New York City

Trip Start Jun 22, 2007
Trip End Sep 25, 2007

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Friday, September 14, 2007

We passed through New York a few months ago but chose not to spend time there due to our desire to get up to Maine....good choice.   Now we were again going to pass through the amazing harbor.  

Going south from NYC takes a bit of planning.  Since we are going coastal, we needed to do a long 90 miles passage from Sandy Hook NJ down to Atlantic City in one jump.  There is only one safe inlet to go into if things don't go well and we needed to avoid doing a long run into a heavy wind.  Moreover, we have to look at the wind/current when we go into Atlantic City.  The last time, I went in there the current was wild and I had to scramble to get into an anchorage.  

In looking ahead, the weather called for winds out of the south....not good.  So we chose to go into NY for a couple days and delay the trip down the Jersey coast. 

The last time we went up the East River we timed the current perfectly and I wanted to do it again.   The currents in the Hells Gate area are infamous and have laid many vessels on the shoreline over the centuries.   There is a big hook in the river there and the currents can run up to 9kts and form a "rapid".  

While I would like to say, we hit a bulls eye it was in fact quite the opposite.  We have received counsel from the cruising guide to hit Hells Gate at slack water before the flood.  In fact, this turned about to be 180 wrong.  So it was a long, slow passage up the east river with us being pushed as low as 2 1/2 kts.  It is a good thing, First Forty does not have a fuel gague in the wheelhouse as it would have been dropping like a stone. 

Hells Gate....imagine being in a 25 ton boat looking at going up a rapid.  It took a lot of wheel work to keep the boat steady, but we made it safely past the UN and up into the Battery.   Lessons are learned all the time, and this was one of those.   No harm done, just a lot of fuel and a couple extra hours.  The boat is surely strong enough, but it would have been better to time it right.

We proceeded up the Hudson River past the jersey side of Manhattan.  It was easy then and we could see our marina coming up at us.  So by 1:30, we had taken a slip on a wooden pier in New York.  It was super convenient as we could walk to the subway.

With just a couple days, you have to pick and choose your sights to see in NYC.  We decided to do one of the 'hop on, hop off' tour buses and get an overview of the sights.  We had a nice time, but no one can do much in NY in a couple days.  It was interesting to walk into Central Park, Wall Street and a view of the WTC site. 

This afternoon, we left NY after a cold front came though.  We had wind aft the beam...that was good as its blowing up to 30kts.  We arrived in Sandy Hook at 300 and dropped the hook.  Its blowing really hard.  We are homing the weather report is good on its word for reduced winds tomorrow as we try to make the long run to Atlantic City. 

Tomorrow we leave at 0600 for a 12 hour run.  We hope it is not a "long day".
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